Under the Coalition Government, overall spending on education had by 2013-14 been cut by over £5 billion in real-terms. Previous increases in education spending have been reversed. With a General Election imminent, the promises made by the major political parties all suggest further real-terms reductions in spending per-pupil in schools.
Overall public spending on education in 2013-14 was £90.2 billion. The equivalent figure for 2009-10, adjusted for inflation, was £95.5 billion 1.
This briefing sets out the facts about funding for academies, including the significant changes made to academy funding since 2010. It shows that the funding academies receive may not be sufficient to cover the extra cost of paying for services previously provided by LAs and warns of the risks of converting to acadamy status.
This updated leaflet (English version - Welsh version) sets out what you need to know about the cuts, including the impact on teacher pay and pensions. It explains the real context of the cuts and the damage they will cause - and also that there is an alternative to cuts, privatisation and job losses.